Sunday, October 26, 2008

You just cant make this stuff up

In a comedy of errors, our power feed and broken power pole suffered a second, almost deathly blow this evening.

You would think our power feed would have been fixed, seeing as it has been broken for six weeks. However, reliable electricians are just not as easy to find out in the sticks. A local guy has been forgetting about me and putting me off for 6 weeks.

And this evening... crash. A second branch has fallen on the power line, making the bubbified tippy electrical feed even more scary to look at. (Excuse the extremely brightened photos... it's dark out.)

9 comments:

Kari said...

Well, on the bright side, you got some more firewood.

Spork In the Eye said...

Yes. As if the 3 trees I have aren't enough.

Og Make Blog said...

Although somewhat expensive, especially for the distance you must cover, you might want to consider burying the lines. Too bad copper and aluminum are so expensive right now.

The power company is responsible for the line drop up to the weatherhead above the meter for overhead wires. You are responsible for the buried wires up to the ground mounted transformer connection. I am not sure how they would arrange connection from a pole pig to your buried wires, though.

Spork In the Eye said...

I had already considered that. It's a long ass way from the stuga to the transformer.

I've already replaced the lines from the stuga to the power pole once -- and that was only 40 feet -- and was aghast at the cost of the copper. I would be doubtful it has gone down since then.

John said...

I have used several tradesmen in the East Texas area and I know others who have as well. I have yet to find, or hear of, any that are not a problem. They either take forever or abandon the job or do sloppy work which they won't repair, etc. Anyway, good luck in finding someone competent.

Spork In the Eye said...

I am spoiled. When I lived in Metropolis, I had a good friend that was a journeyman electrician. The best thing was he'd spell out what "code" was for the job you were doing in plain English, then give it a looksie to make sure you weren't going to burn yourself down.

As this job really involves taking the fuse off the transformer with a hotstick, it is one step beyond what I really want to tackle without help.

Og Make Blog said...

Why not just use the East TX fixit quick all-job inclusive repair kit: Duct tape and bailin' wire?

Spork In the Eye said...

it's already put together with rope and duct tape and an old shower curtain.

Oh, and I am waaaay above using bailing wire. Electric fence wire is stainless steel and doesnt rust.

Og Make Blog said...

Ewwww, well excuse me! I guess you are one dem fancy, high-falutin' rednecks with your fancy stainless wire. I can see money is no object with you!